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Panchkula cops' alertness exposed
Ex-IB officer had warned police of possible burglary at his house; cash, mementos stolen
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
A former officer of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Chandigarh, tasted the Panchkula police's ‘alertness’ when thieves struck at his locked house in Sector 11, Panchkula, which was under policemen's watch.

Just 15 days ago, the former IB officer, KS Verma, who at present resides in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, called up the police and urged it to keep a watch outside his house as his neighbours had informed him that an attempt to burgle the house was made by a few miscreants. Verma got the shock of his life yesterday when he came to know that the miscreants had struck at the house.

His son Arun Verma is a Deputy Commandant in the BSF and posted in Gandhinagar. For the last two months, Verma and his wife had been putting up with Arun.

“Just 15 days ago, I got a call from my neighbours who told me that three masked miscreants were trying to break open the lock at the main entrance of the house in the afternoon. However, after seeing the neighbours, they fled the spot,” said Arun Verma.

He added: “I immediately called up the local police post in charge and got a complaint lodged at the control room, telling them that we are out of the town and kindly keep a watch on the house.”

The officer was assured by the police officials that they would intensify patrolling in the area and also look for the miscreants who had made an attempt to burgle the house. Yesterday, Verma got a call from his neighbours that thieves had struck at his house. The lock of the house was found broken.

“Thieves decamped not only with cash but also expensive clothes of my parents. My father and my mementos were also stolen. All taps of the washroom and kitchen were missing,” said Verma.

The local police post in charge, Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Resham Singh, said they had intensified patrolling. He said a case had been registered and they were investigating the matter.



All members of Bengal gang acquitted
Jolt to UT police after prosecution failed to prove charges of planning strike
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
In a major embarrassment to the UT police, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Najar Singh, today acquitted six members of an inter-state gang from West Bengal, who were arrested in November last year by the crime branch of the UT police for planning a strike in the city. However, the charges of strike plan could not be proved in the court for the lack of evidence, following which all the accused were acquitted today.

Those acquitted have been identified as Sujit Gawala (38), Rohit Gawala (20), Avinash, alias Rahul Gawala (20), Dheeraj (27), who was the alleged mastermind of the gang, Jimmy (25) and Munu Gawala (25).

The crime branch of the UT police on November 28, 2012, had arrested all these six persons on allegations of planning a robbery at an orchard in Daria village of Chandigarh.

The police had claimed that all these accused had been involved in cases of murder, dacoity, theft, robbery and snatching. The UT police had claimed that the gang had also been involved in thefts on trains like the Shatabdi Express, Rajdhani Express, Kanchanjanga Kamru and Awadh Express, but they failed to prove the allegations before the court.

The members of the gang hail from West Bengal and Bihar and the police had claimed that they had committed more than 500 thefts on different trains and 100 snatchings and robberies in different parts of the country. The gang members had committed robberies in Yamunanagar, Karnal, Ambala, Agra, Kanpur and Lucknow as well.

The gang members were planning to loot the State Bank of Patiala, Daria village, UT, Chandigarh, and were found in possession of firearms.

A cartridge round of 9 MM has been recovered from Sujit Gawala, a Rampuri knife from Rohit Gawala, a knife from Awinash, a country-made pistol from Dheeraj Gawala, a Rampuri knife from Jimmy, a wooden stick and a 9 MM cartridge from Munu Gawala, the police said.

However, the court stated that the weapons were new and there was no direct evidence linking the commission of robberies with the gang members on different trains across the country.



Life term to youth in road rage case
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The court of District and Sessions Judge, SK Aggarwal, today sentenced a youth to life imprisonment in a case of road rage. The court awarded life term to 28-year-old Vishal Sharma, a Mohali resident, for the murder of a 21-year-old youth, who was stabbed to death in an incident of road rage in 2008.

The court also imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on Vishal, convicted for murder of Nitin Bansal.

The case dates back to September 21, 2008, when Vishal Sharma, who was in an inebriated condition, had stabbed Nitin Bansal to death. The police had registered a case of murder against him on a complaint lodged by the victim’s friend, Rahul Bajaj, who was accompanying him along with their friend, Sidakjot Singh.

According to the prosecution, the incident occurred on September 21 at about 11:20 pm when the trio was coming from the Sector 15 market in Sidakjot’s car and stopped at the Sector 15-16 traffic lights point waiting for the signal to turn green. Bajaj, in his complaint, had alleged that Vishal, who was in an inebriated state, entered into arguments on being irked over honking. The argument took a violent turn as Vishal took out a dagger from the car and stabbed Nitin in his waist and head, leaving him profusely bleeding. Bajaj took Nitin and Sidakjot to the GMSH, Sector 16, from where Nitin was referred to the PGI, where he was declared dead. 



Row over cause of man's death
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
Confusion prevails over the cause of a patient's death at the Alchemist hospital in Sector 21 here. While the Health Department is not ready to take it as a dengue death, sources at the private hospital said the hospital had confirmed it as a case of dengue.

Chattar Singh (45) of Shahpur died at the Alchemist hospital yesterday. The hospital authorities said the man died of dengue.

The officials of the Health Department claimed that the patient was suffering from no fever. "After getting information about a suspected dengue case, we always get a Richter surveillance done. And after conducting the same in the area, we found no larva. The larva report has remarks, 'nil'," said Dr Anita Vasudev, official of the Malaria Department.

She added: "We also talked to the victim's relatives and it was stated that he was not running fever and was suffering from severe stomach ache".

Meanwhile, an official of the Alchemist hospital said: "We confirmed it as a dengue case. In any case, we have sent the samples to the Health Department as well, which is part of the procedure".

Eight cases of dengue have been reported in Panchkula district so far.


Cut in reimbursement mooted
Vivek Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The per child reimbursement under the Right to Education Act, 2009 has gone down for the academic session 2012-13.
Sources informed that the education department has proposed approximately Rs 750 per child as reimbursement amount against Rs 865 per child approved for session 2011-12 and Rs 825 per child for the session 2010-11.

The amount proposed has already been sent to the UT Finance Department for approval, which is expected in a week’s time.

As per the information, the annual recurring expenditure of the education department is taken in to consideration for the calculation of the per child reimbursement in the UT. The annual recurring expenditure comprises total salaries of the department, wages, medical and office expenses, maintenance charges besides mid day meal expenditure of the education department.

The criteria is in consonance of the Right to Education Act, 2009 which states in chapter IV of the act that the private schools will be reimbursed to the extent of per child expenditure incurred by the state/UT.

Insiders inform that the reimbursement amount for 2012-13 has gone down because the education department’s annual recurring expenditure incurred on the elementary education during the financial year 2012-2013 is found comparatively low as compare to previous years. The increase in number of student at elementary classes is also one of the reasons in decrease of the per child reimbursement for 2012-13 session, it is informed.

According to officials, there is no chance that the finance department will raise objections against the decrease in per child reimbursement because the amount proposed for 2012-13 session has been calculated with the same criteria, which was used for calculating per child reimbursement for the session 2011-12 and 2010-11.

As it is learnt, the UT is one of the few places in India to finalise the per child reimbursement under the RTE act. The reimbursement amount for session 2010-11 and 2011-12 has already been remitted to the city’s private schools.

However, not many schools were found eligible for reimbursement for these two years. Only 3 schools in 2010-11 and 9 schools in 2011-12 got the reimbursement under the Act.

The main reason is that the education department is making the reimbursement only to the extent of 10 per cent of the reserved seats filled under the RTE Act because the private schools here are already under obligation to fill 15 per cent of their seats from the EWS students in lieu of land allotted to them on concession basis.

As far as the reimbursement for the session 2012-13 is concerned, the number of schools getting the reimbursement is expected to increase because the children admitted under the RTE Act, had increased in that year in private schools.



Over 300 walk to promote tourism
Tribune News Service

A woman prepares coffee during the International Coffee Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday.
A woman prepares coffee during the International Coffee Festival in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh, September 28
Around 300 participants of various age groups took part in a tourism walk held as part of the third day of World Tourism Week celebrations in the city today. Organised by the Chandigarh Tourism Department in association with CITCO and The Tribune, various activities and events were held today.

The main attraction was the ludo game held at the Sector 17 Plaza in the evening. It was made on the map of the city and exhibited sectors and tourism spots. People played this game with the help of a large ludo dice. While the game was on, a band “Kalkii” enthralled the visitors and tourists with its hits.

The day began with the tourism walk that commenced from the Chandigarh College of Architecture. The participants moved towards the Bougainvillea Garden and Leisure Valley. The walk culminated at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10.

Thereafter, a photography exhibition on the theme “Chandigarh Timeline” was inaugurated at the Plaza, Sector 17.

The exhibition depicted various moods of The City Beautiful captured by the professional and amateur photographers. The cash prizes of Rs 5,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 1,500 will be given to first three winners of the photography exhibition on the closing ceremony on September 30.

In the afternoon, the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42-D, organised coffee race and coffee cuisine contest. Around 10 teams from the local hotel management colleges participated and carved out delicious coffee flavoured dishes.

Sujeet Kumar Yadav and Stanzin Smislex (Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management) bagged the first prize. The second prize went to Pallavi Kundra and Saloni Jain (Home Science College, Sector 10), while the third position was baaged by Janit Bhutani and Sukhjeet Singh Walia (CGC, Landran). A coffee quiz was also held at Elante Mall today.

Global coffee counters

Another highlight of the festival is international coffee counters put up by Ethiopia, Turkey, Kenya, Bolivia and Indonesia. Ethiopia and Turkey are showcasing their traditional way of making coffee, which is sumptuous and aromatic in taste. The Kenya counter has displayed fine beans of its country, which is of “mild arabica” type and well known for its intense flavour, full body and pleasant aroma with notes of cocoa. Indonesia has played its different variants of coffee at its counter. The Indonesian dancers in their traditional dresses display various art forms.


Tomorrow’s schedule

  • 12 pm: Coffee cup making, coffee slogan writing at the Sukhna Lake.
  • 5.30 pm: International dance of Venezuela, Afghanistan, and Tibet at the Sukhna Lake.
  • 6.30 pm: Punjabi Musical Nite at Beant Singh Memorial, Sector 42, from 6.30 pm onwards.



Smoking takes toll on young women’s health
Ritika Jha Palial
Tribune News Service

Dr Manoj Kumar Rohit
Dr Manoj Kumar Rohit

Chandigarh, September 28
Smoking is fast emerging as a major factor leading to heart ailments, especially in both men and women aged as young as 21.
According to experts at the PGIMER, while ignorance of heart problems is one common factor, the number of young women who die of coronary heart disease each year is roughly comparable to the number of women who die of breast cancer in this age group.

Sample this: A 21-year-old woman who landed straight from the college to her workplace got on to smoking. Combined with the sedentary lifestyle, smoking led to acute myocardial infarction and she recently underwent angiography and stenting at the Department of Cardiology, PGIMER.

“She complained of consistent chest pain when she first came to us. Upon investigations, we found that she had blocked one coronary artery and needed a stenting. It is a common observation that smoking is wrecking havoc on the health of office-goers, especially the younger women, as they have been easily falling prey to the westernised culture of smoking,” said Dr Manoj Kumar Rohit, Additional Professor, Department of Cardiology, PGIMER.

“You don't have to be a heavy smoker to be at risk. Even light smoking is harmful. Research suggests smoking just 1 to 4 cigarettes a day doubled the risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease,” Dr Manoj said.

Children are 
vulnerable, too

Nearly 1.35 million babies are born with congenital heart disease every year. Moreover, children may have to face the emotional consequences of seeing a loved one becoming ill with cardio-vascular disease (CVD). A healthy heart starts from childhood, the best time to adopt heart-healthy behaviours and reduce risks. Last year nearly 450 children underwent angiography at the PGIMER. The department sees at least 60 new cases of heart problems in children aged as young as two-year-old every week in OPDs.

Some simple practices to ensure a healthy heart

  • Say no to tobacco at your home.
  • Ban smoking from your home and avoid exposing your children to passive smoking.
  • Educate children on the dangers of tobacco use so that you encourage them not to smoke themselves.
  • Encourage a heart-healthy diet.
  • Make family meals a special time to eat together. When everyone sits down to eat, there's a less chance of children eating the wrong foods or snacking too much.
  • Make healthy food exciting for children. Choose colourful foods and involve them in the planning and cooking of meals and ensure there are healthy options available at home for meals and snacks.
  • Prepare your child's lunch at home and make sure healthy options are taken to school.
  • Get active and encourage physical activity.
  • Provide children with opportunities for increased physical activity. Be active with your children and practice what you preach. This could include walking or cycling together to school.
  • Peers can play an influential role in teenagers' lives. So, create opportunities for them to be active with their friends.



Heart ailments rising among rural youth: Study
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Changing lifestyle and high calories diet are not only affecting the urban population but the rural inhabitants are also at high risk, if one goes by the PGIMER observations. As per the observations of the Cardiology Department, there is around 10 per cent young rural population, which is suffering from cardiac problem due to the changing lifestyle and high calories diet.

As per the PGIMER observation 5 per cent to 7 per cent of young patients come from rural areas for cardiac medication in a month. In fact, the situation is also alarming among the rural adults as per the PGIMER observation about 50 per cent of below 50 years age of the total heart patients belongs to the rural part of the country.

According to the study, the reason for the increase in the cardiac problem in rural population is due to stress, high calorie food and unhealthy lifestyle among the youth. Even the urban population is also sailing in the same boat which recorded 15 to 20 percent increase of cardiac problem out of which majority belongs to the young category.

Records revealed that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) claim over 17.3 million lives each year. According to statistics from the WHO, India has the largest cardio vascular burden in the world. As per the WHO report 1 out of 5 Indian dies because of cardiovascular diseases but by 2020 the figure will jump to 1 in 3, if prevention is not taken.

PGI, head of department cardiology, Dr Yash Paul Sharma said, in a year, two to three cases of cardiac problem are also detected in the age group between 18 to 20 years. He said Punjab and Kerela are two states having the highest cardiac problem especially among the rural population due to various reasons. He said that the trend of having large number of rural population was observed around five years ago.

Fortis Hospital, director cardiology, Dr RK Jaswal said on an average he is treating around 200 young patients annually. He said there is around 3.6 to 3.7 percent of rural and 11 percent urban population is having cardiac problem in the country. He said currently there are about 45 million heart patients in India as per the data available but the figure does not cover large part of rural population as in the rural areas there is no infrastructure available to detect heart ailments.



Former IPS officer on a mission to conserve art and culture
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

VK Kapoor
VK Kapoor

Chandigarh, September 28
Former IPS officer VK Kapoor is on a unique mission to conserve art and culture in Chandigarh.
In fact, under Kapoor’s stewardship, the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has the distinction of bagging the prestigious “Best Chapter Award-2012” catapulting the local chapter among the galaxy of top 140 national and 15 international chapters.

“The reward is the result of collective effort of the 170-odd INTACH members and is testimony to our consistent efforts in the area of art and cultural preservation in and around Chandigarh,” Kapoor, who had a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years in the IPS, told The Tribune.

Be it heritage walks, workshops, seminars, painting or writing competitions and film-making workshop, Kapoor, who is the convener of the local chapter of INTACH that is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of India's natural, cultural, tangible and intangible heritage, is the most visible face in Chandigarh.

While he dispenses justice to aggrieved residents being the Judge at the Permanent Lok Adalat, Chandigarh, the conservation of India’s rich art and culture and making the younger generation aware of its true value continues to be his passion.

“Making our younger generation aware of the need to preserve our cultural heritage is the need of the hour as this generation will inherit our cultural heritage,” Kapoor asserted.

In the last couple of years, INTACH’s Chandigarh Chapter has compiled a comprehensive list of all heritage monuments in and around the city.

Recently, the Chapter broadened its area of activities by organising a workshop on short film making for students with Wesley Jefferson, a technical expert from the UK.



Gunners’ Day celebrated at Chandi Mandir
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Gunners' Day, commemorating the 186th anniversary of the Regiment of Artillery, was celebrated today at the Chandi Mandir Military Station. This day marks the raising of the first Indian artillery unit, the Bombay Battery in 1827.

A wreath-laying ceremony was held at Veer Smriti to pay homage to the martyrs of the regiment. A ‘mandir’ function and a sainik sammelan were also held in the local artillery unit. The celebrations also included a social get-together at the Khetrapal Officer’s Institute, Chandi Mandir. A large number of serving and retired gunners attended the event.The Regiment of Artillery is in a rapid phase of transition with the planned acquisition of a plethora of modern equipment to meets it present and future operational requirements. 



Heart ailments rising among youth: Experts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
There were days when only a 70-year-old needed to have an angioplasty to get rid of a blockage in the heart.
The average age for the onset of heart problems had come down with even youngsters reporting heart problems, said experts during a lecture organised at Panjab University (PU) recently.

Addressing students ahead of the World Heart Day, Dr Sudheer Saxena, Principal Consultant Cardiologist, Max Super Specialty Hospital, Mohali, said: "Shockingly, the reason for heart problems being reported among youth is due to sedentary lifestyle, junk food and of course increasing frequency of drug addiction."



Panchkula Mayor writes to District Education Officer
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
Following the report by the councillor of Ward No. 13 about the mid-day meal being prepared in toilets and insect-laden ration for 500 students of a government school in his ward, Panchkula Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia sent a letter to the District Education Officer telling about the situation and asking what action was initiated in the matter.

Councillor Ravi Kant Swami had visited Government Primary School, Sector 19, here, where he found mid-day meal being cooked in the toilets. His report to the Mayor, a copy of which is with the Chandigarh Tribune, stated: “I had gone to check the water and cleanliness facility in the school when I was shocked to see that the mid-day meal meant for the children was not only being cooked in the toilets but also the water for the meal was being drawn from the same.”

The report further stated: “The toilets were in a sorry state of affairs. When I even checked the ration, I found cobwebs and insects in the same.”

Swami requested that strict action would be initiated against those playing with the lives of children. He also said the cleanliness in the school was being given a go-by.

The Mayor said complaints from unhygienic preparations of mid-day meal from other schools were also being received.



Boy hit by train, dies

Mohali, September 28
A 13-year-old boy died, while his 17-year-old friend sustained serious injuries after being hit by a local train near Jagatpura village here today.
The deceased has been identified as Hanuman Kumar, while the injured has been identified as Ramesh.

The injured has been shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, in a critical condition. Their three friends, who were also accompanying them, had a narrow escape. Seshnag Kumar, father of Hanuman, said all the children went to graze cattle. — TNS




20 days on, laying of pipeline resumed
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 28
The work of laying of Kajauli Waterworks pipeline at Phase V and Phase VI has been restarted after being stalled for around 20 days.
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has asked the company, Leighton Welspun Contractors Private Ltd, to go ahead with its job through a communiqué issued recently.

Notably, the private company, which has been entrusted with the project, worth Rs 150 crore, was ordered to stop the work on September 2 following occurrence of major leakage in Phase III and Phase IV pipeline. The leakage, occurred on August 20 damaged the pipelines, resulted in plunging Chandigarh and Mohali to severe water crisis for at least 13 days.

As digging was on at the site of leakage by the company officials at the time of incident, the GMADA authorities held the company responsible for the damage, finding that it had taken inadequate precautions while doing excavation for laying of 2,200 mm diameter pipelines for Phase V and Phase VI. On September 2, the GMADA issued a letter to the company ordering it to stop the work and submit special methodology to prevent recurrence of such problem in future. The company was also asked to bear the 90 per cent of the cost on repair works, which was around Rs 20 lakh.

According to Ashok Virdi, the GMADA executive engineer, the company has submitted its sheet piling methodology to us. “Under the methodology, special sheets will be placed between the existing pipeline and the digging site, so that the soil under the existing pipeline doesn’t cave in. The company has assured us to be extra cautious at the critical locations where the soil would be found wet,” said Virdi.

Under the project, the company has to lay a total 22.3 km long pipeline. So far, about 35 per cent work of the project has been completed as the company has already laid 8.43 km long pipeline.

The deadline of the project is August 31 next year. 



Power cuts take a toll on residents
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 28
Hundreds of residents of the town were put to inconvenience with the long power cuts for past two days.
Today, there was no power in several parts of the town for at least 10 hours while about 500 residents of the Guru Angad Dev Colony were forced to spend sleepless night as the power remained suspended for at least 22 hours from Thursday evening till Friday afternoon.

“The power went off at around 3 pm on Thursday only to be resumed at around 1 pm yesterday. Today again there was power outage from 8 am to 5 pm,” said Jagjit Singh, a resident of Guru Angad Dev Colony.

Charanjit Kaur, another resident of the area, said yesterday we were told that there was some fault as some cables had burnt. “Today again, there was a long power cut. We are fed up as our entire routine gets upset due to these unscheduled power cuts,” said Charanjit.

Another resident of the area, Gurmit Kaur, alleged that in absence of power, the water supply was also gets affected in the area. “The entire routine of my family was upset today morning. My children, who have been taking their school exams, could not study last night and were disturbed,” said Gurmit.

“When we call the officials of the Electricity Department, most of the time, nobody picks up the phone,” alleged Partap Singh, a resident. 



Early detection effective tool for cancer prevention: Expert
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 28
Early detection was the most effective tool for the prevention and better treatment of cancer, said Dr Ajay Bakshi, CEO and Managing Director, Max Healthcare, while participating in the World’s Largest Cancer Screening Camp organised by the Punjab Government in 22 districts.

Volunteers and doctors from various parts of India have come forward to support the state government in its fight against cancer.

Taking the battle against cancer to the second phase, the state government is holding the two-day cancer screening camp simultaneously in 22 districts of Punjab. Today was the first day of the camp. Max India Foundation and Max Healthcare have partnered with the Punjab Government as lead partners for helping organise the mega camp in the state.

Today, a camp was conducted at the local Civil Hospital, near Max Super Speciality Hospital, Phase VI. A number of people came to get them screened for cancer.

According to a survey conducted by the state government in its first phase, Mohali reported 931 confirmed cases of cancer. Also, 1,537 persons in Mohali complained of symptoms indicating cancer. 



Illegal colonies to be charged as per last registration rates
Our Correspondent

Mohali, September 28
Regularisation fees in the case of illegal colonies in Punjab will be charged as per the rates of the last registration of property in the area.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of senior officials of the Department of Housing and Urban Development held here which reviewed the progress of the regularisation of illegal colonies and marriage palaces in the state.

It was observed that plot holders and promoters of such colonies had come forward to avail themselves of the one-time offer / opportunity of getting their houses/colonies regularised. The department has issued instructions to all District Town Planners and Estate Officers in the field offices that applications for regularisation along with the prescribed fees should be accepted. The necessary documents can be accepted even after the due date. After the due date, such regularisation, if permitted, would be at considerably higher rates.

Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department, A. Venu Prasad directed the officers to extend 
cooperation to people approaching the department for assistance.

It was decided that one registry for plots/houses would be considered one unit. Regarding the colonies, the prevalent rates per square yard would be considered for calculating the composition fees. The marriage palaces of those owners would be sealed who had applied for regularisation/CLU but were not depositing the necessary fees/documents.

Manvesh Sidhu, Chief Administrator, PUDA-cum- Director, Department of Town and Country Planning apprised the Secretary, Housing, of the progress of regularisation of illegal marriage palaces and said that keeping in view the pendency, the last date for allowing CLU and other approvals had been scheduled to October 31.

The department also decided to resume the property of the allottees who were defaulters in respect of the payment of instalments of their commercial, institutional, residential and other sites. Eviction proceedings were being initiated against them. Among those present at the meeting were the Chief Administrators of the Bathinda Development Authority, Amritsar Development Authority, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, Jalandhar Development Authority and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, the Estate Officers of these authorities, the Chief Town Planner, Senior Town Planners and District Town Planners from the state. 



Admn to hold book fair from Nov 13
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The preparations for organising “Chandigarh Book Fair-2013” have been started in full swing by the Chandigarh Administration in collaboration with the National Book Trust of India, New Delhi. The book fair will be held from November 13 to 18 here at Parade Ground.

A review meeting of the upcoming programme was held today at the UT Guest House under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary, VK Singh. The administration, it is learnt, is reviving the Chandigarh book fair after a gap of 15 years. Last book fair was held in 1997 after which it was discontinued.

Addressing the media after the review meeting, VK Singh informed that a Facebook page about the book fair has been created on social media.

More than 100 publishers would be participating in the fair from various parts of the country. The number of literary events, including Kavi Darbar, Symposia, lecture by eminent author, discussion with author, meet the author, calligraphy workshop and other literary events would be organized during six days of the fair.



tricity Scan
Birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh

Youths celebrate the birthday anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Chandigarh on Saturday
Youths celebrate the birthday anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh in Chandigarh on Saturday. Tribune Photo: Manoj Mahajan

Chandigarh: Johny Cretaion celebrated the 105th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh by organising a rally in Sector 10.

Starting from Sector 10, the rally ended at the Sector 17 plaza. The participants were carrying placards and posters

Valedictory function

Hindi has the history of having large pool of literature and poetry in whole of world. Hindi is bestowed with beautiful words like no other language has. This was stated by Dr Rajender Singh Sangwan, Chief Executive Officer, Bio Processing Unit (BPU), Mohali. He said that no Indian should hesitate in using Hindi.


A three-day exhibition on architecture, building materials and technologies “ArchiBuild 2013”, was got under way at Himachal Bhawan, Chandigarh. Dr KK Khandelwal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Haryana, inaugurated the exhibition and interacted with the exhibitors while taking a round of the exhibition. PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Chandigarh-Punjab Chapter are jointly organising the exhibition. Ashok Khanna, former President, PHD Chamber, said such initiatives go a long way in understanding the nuances and details of the trade.

Essay competition

The Eco Club of Maharishi Dayanand Public School, Daria, Chandigarh, organised an essay writing competition in collaboration with the Environment Department of Chandigarh on the school premises. Students expressed their feelings that consumers are benefited by greenery in the environment. They should purchase such products as are eco-friendly and useful for their health also. —TNS



PU cancels Senate meeting for want of quorum
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Adamant on their stand to boycott the meeting, the Syndicate members, except a few, boycotted the meeting despite a request made by the Panjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) a day earlier asking them to attend the meeting. Thereafter, following thin attendance, the university authorities cancelled the meeting.

The meeting was scheduled for today after the Syndicate members staged a walkout on September 21, after the university failed to include the action taken report regarding an inquiry conducted by the team constituted by the university in a complaint of sexual harassment at GTB Khalsa College, Dasuya, in the agenda.

The Syndicate members, in an open letter sent to the PU Registrar on September 26, had demanded that the university should postpone the September 28 meeting and the VC, Arun Kumar Grover, should sort out the issue and clear his stand on the issue that led to the walkout.

Syndicate members, however, claimed that they had expressed their inability to the VC, that they will not be able to attend the meeting today as Senate meeting is scheduled for Sunday and attending two marathon meetings together for two days will leave them exhausted.

“After attending today’s Syndicate, we were not able to attend the Senate, following which we preferred to remain absent from the meeting,” said a Syndic.

Syndics, who reached university to attend the meeting, included Naval Kishore, Satish Sharma, GS Ghuman DPI (Punjab) and the UT Director Higher Education (DHE) Gurpreet Sapra.

PU officials stated that the VC decided to not to proceed with the meeting due to thin attendance. “The quorum of minimum five members could not be completed following which the meeting was cancelled,” officials stated. The next date of the meeting is yet to be decided.



from college
World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day celebrations at University Institute of Hotel Management and Tourism (UIHMT), Panjab University (PU) concluded here on Saturday with a blood donation camp. The camp was organised at ‘The Green Ivy’ UIHMT.

PEC varsity wins quiz

PEC University of Technology bagged the first prize at the quiz ‘DExtract’. Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE), Chandigarh Student Chapter in association with Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology (UICET) had organised the quiz on the theme of “Synergy and Sustainable Development”. More than 40 teams participated in the event. The team of Tushar Sharma and Navdeep Singh from PEC University of Technology won the first prize. The second prize was bagged by a team of Abhinav, Mukund and Rohil from Dr SSB UICET. The third prize went to the team of Dhiraj, Amish Kapoor and Vanshad from PEC University of Technology.

PU prof presents paper  at Oxford University

Panjab University (PU) Assistant Professor at University Institute of Fashion Technology (UIFT), Dr Prabhdip Brar, presented a paper in an international conference held in the 8th Global Conference ‘Exploring the Erotic’ at Oxford, the United Kingdom. Over 35 researches from across the four continents presented their papers during the prestigious global conference from September 17 to 19. Dr Brar presented her research paper on ‘Erotic Art-Unraveling the narrative behind Khajuraho’.

Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary celebrated

The NSS wing of DAV College, Sector 10, celebrated the birth anniversary of legendary revolutionary Shahid Bhagat Singh on the college premises here on Saturday. — TNS



from Schools
International accreditation for school

Stepping Stones Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, got CBSEi (International) accreditation. This will enable schools to address global needs of its student. It aims at promoting critical and creative thinking skills, effective communication skills, interpersonal and collaborative skills and information.

Bank visit

Montessori students of Ryan International School, Chandigarh, visited HDFC bank here on Saturday. They visited the HDFC bank branch at Sector 20. They were explained about the various departments of the bank, the reception, the cash deposit, cheque drop box, ATM machine, lockers etc. Students were told about the importance of bank. It was a very knowledgeable visit for the students.


A workshop was organised in special training centre for mothers at Government High School, Sector 46. Dr Tarun Kumar Garg guided the mothers on importance of girl education, and health. All participants were given refreshment.

NSS day celebrated

To develop the essence of selfless service and consideration towards fellow human beings the NSS Day was celebrated at St Soldier International School, Sector 28. A special assembly was conducted on the school premises. Students displayed banners highlighting the importance of the girl child.

Founder’s day

The hostellers of St Xavier’s Senior School, Chandigarh, gave an enchanting performance to mark their 30th Founder’s day. William Gosain, vice-chairman of the school welcomed the parents of hostellers, teachers and staff from all the branches of St Xavier’s Schools. The highlights of the show were classical dance and western dance. Senior boys presented a foot tapping Punjabi dance “bhangra” in an articulated manner.— TNS



PU to hold Cine Manthan-2013
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Cine lovers of Chandigarh region are all set for a rare treat next week as Panjab University (PU), is hosting a three-day long film festival ‘Cine Manthan-2013’ from October 3 on the PU campus. The festival will offer 39 rare, historical, celebrated and award winning films. Cine Manthan is being organised in collaboration with the Film Division of India.

PU film festival will also initiate the “fdZone@PU” in Chandigarh, which is a curated-interactive film screening space for showcasing independent films, discussions and even organizing workshops, lectures.

Through the festival, the region would be introduced to an alternative film screening space, which will be a regular feature.

The films festival will also have a historical film on Chandigarh and news reels of independent era. Director General of films division VS Kundu will give a presentation in this regard during the festival. The list of movies will be announced on September 30. ‘Observation, Archive and Documentation’ will be the theme of the movie extravaganza. The cross-genre film festival will be a blend of award winning films that include short films as well as feature length films covering the genres of both fiction and nonfiction.

Each day will also feature keynote speakers elaborating upon the thematic aspect of the festival, followed by an interactive session. The festival will begin at 9 am everyday and end at 8.30 pm, the timings of the expo will also correspond with that of the festival.



Students leave audience spellbound
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The students of Vivek High School, Sector 70, Mohali, left the audience spellbound with their outstanding performance staged through play titled “The Harmony of Seasons” on the opening day of its founder’s ay celebration, held at Vivek High School in Sector 38. The little ones took the audience to a fantasyland where all the seasons got together and spoke about their characteristics.

The play beautifully weaved different seasons, showcased the importance of each in our lives and proved to be a gleeful indulgence of dance, music and colour.

The stage opened with Class I and II students gracefully swaying to the rendition of the chants of five elements i.e. space, earth, water, air and fire, stressing on how each element encompasses all qualities of the physical, emotional, energetic and spiritual worlds. The flawless diction, the confident and imaginative role play by the little ones were well appreciated.

“It was indeed a stupendous presentation,” stated one of the parents from the audience pleased with the fact that schoolteachers choreographed the songs and the dances.

“It was stupendous and we find it difficult to believe that our children have played their roles so fabulously.”

Tomorrow, students of the school will stage “The Great Indian Cocktail”, a rib-tickling entertainer and a parody, to demonstrate the peculiarities and uniqueness of Indian states from 5.30 to 6.30 pm at the same venue.



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